Ala. sheriff forced to eat laced Halloween candy as child, warns parents of dangers

The officer was hospitalized as a young boy after being given candy laced with LSD at a local fair

By Ashley Silver

MACON COUNTY, Ala. — As Halloween approaches, one sheriff shared a terrifying personal experience that should serve as a staunch warning to parents of young trick-or-treaters.

WSFA News reported Macon County Sheriff Andre Brunson was just six years old when he went trick-or treating at a local county fair and ended up at the hospital, unconscious and fighting for his life.

The sheriff recalled being forced by a stranger to eat pieces of candy, which authorities later discovered was laced with lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD. The officer said his life was only saved because his mother reacted quickly, calling for help after witnessing the incident.

Brunson hopes his story encourages parents to take necessary precautions this Halloween and be vigilant in checking for sharp objects or candy that has already been unwrapped and only going to well-lit homes if your kids do participate in trick-or-treating.

“Don’t just send your children out there to trick-or-treat,” Brunson told WSFA News. “Don’t do things like that alone. And I would definitely start trick-or-treating and walk in the neighborhoods during the daytime.”

The officer also recommends safer alternatives for Halloween, including trunk-or-treats put on by churches or local organizations.

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